InfoSAWIT, SAMARINDA – Besides producing crude palm oil (CPO), the palm oil factories in East Kalimantan also make liquid waste which is known as palm oil mill effluent (POME) in massive numbers.
Governor of East Kalimantan, Isran Noor said that his side supports the stakeholders to optimize the potential liquid waste to be alternative energy, namely for the power plants in biogas material so that the waste could contribute to the people around the plantations in electricity sector.
"IPOA (Indonesian Palm Oil Association) could construct the power plant in biogas –base from palm oil waste,” he recently said when doing meeting with Indonesian Chambers in the office of Tepian 2, Governor office as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.
He also said that IPOA could play its role to boost the work of its members that built palm oil factories around their plantations. He thought, the CPO production and industries must have POME waste which should actually be thrown away. But it could have more economic value if it is re-processed. “I belived that IPOA has the same commitment to welfare the people,” he said.
Until now there have been 81 palm oil factories in the province that produce CPO up to 1,2 million tons and it is planned, 31 ones would be constructed too. (T2)\